I just wrote this little blurb on this Positive Psychology practise for Natulique Australia - QLD monthly newsletter. While it is written specifically for those in the hairdressing industry, it is still however applicable to anyone who enjoys a sense of 'engagement' and 'flow' within their work.
Plus, remembering that this practise can be done at any time! It is only limited by your imagination and willingness to try!
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Positivity can be fairly easily adopted and brought into many aspects of your life; and has been shown clinically to reduce depression, increase mood and wellbeing in general.
But what if you DON'T naturally feel drawn to the usual methods - such as meditation, affirmations, gratitude journaling etc..? Are you doomed to a mediocre life? Hell no!
Positive Psychology practises, as taught by its founder, Dr. Martin Seligman actually include a number of approaches that might not seem like they are actively creating positivity, but sneakily do so in their processes.
For example, one of the practises within this movement, is ‘Engagement'. This one in particular I want to raise with you today because you are working in a career that is creatively based - which for you, means an automatic bonus in the practise of ‘Engagement’ in your life!
Engagement is an activity that creates a sense of “flow”.
You’re doing it; its challenging …. not too much, but enough to get your brain heavily focused on it, that for a most of the activity, you don’t even realise the time is passing.
You could be working as a hairdresser and creating a masterpiece for your client that not only requires their faith in you but also your full, loving, passionate and creative attention. You are focused on the details, but considering the big picture and end result - and you’re talented enough to do this all while holding a conversation! At the end of the task, there is a sense of accomplishment. Your hard work and passion has created something beautiful! Feels good hey!? *Kick in of happy hormones now!*
Does this resonate with you? If it does, then it is fantastic you are able to work in an environment that also gives you the opportunity to experience a sense of ‘flow’ and ‘engagement’; and, it doesn't have to stop there!
‘Engagement’ can be experienced in art, music, gardening, craft, cooking, sports, travelling, shopping (for some!)..… all that matters is that if YOU are in a state that is completely absorbed in a task, its a little challenging but enlivening and rewarding, and at the end you feel a buzz of accomplishment, a sense of peace or relaxed happiness.. then you have been ‘engaged’.
So while this kind of activity doesn’t necessarily seem as though it is a form of Positive Psychology, in fact it is just that. More of these practises in your life can significantly increase feel good hormones and reduce stress - leading to a greater sense of purpose, accomplishment and wellbeing.
Go get you some!